Trust Members' Area


About the Council of Governors

The driving force of any Foundation Trust is the active involvement of the membership.

The Council of Governors meets every three months at the hospital. All reasonable expenses incurred as a result of carrying out Council duties (such as travel expenses) are reimbursed by the Trust, although there is no salary associated with the post of Governor. The public members of the Governors have a real opportunity to ensure that Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust continues in the 21st century as a hospital of which the people of Tameside and Glossop can be proud, the hospital of choice for local people.

If we are lucky enough to receive a lot of interest and nominations for each area then an election will take place. This will involve all the other members within the area casting a postal vote based on a short summary about each of the individuals seeking to be elected to the Foundation Trust's Council of Governors. This election will be organised by UK Engage on behalf of the Trust to ensure the process is fair and open. Clearly, the nomination forms to be found within the information packs need to be completed and returned to the Returning Officer. If only one person comes forward for nomination, they will be elected unopposed.

Click to view more details regarding what a public member of the Foundation Trust’s Council of Governor does and how to apply

Our Current Council of Governors

Below contains details of the currently elected Council of Governors. There should be 29 Governors, 15 public, 7 partnership and 7 staff.


Elected Member: Lesley Conroy

Date elected: 20st March 2017

Office expires: 19th March 2020

Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email:


My job is engagement (inclusion, diversity and wellbeing) and knowledge management [within the Solicitors Office and Legal Services department of HM Revenue and Customs] and I’m comfortable challenging the way we do things.

I have a real interest in people and listening with an open mind is a big part of my day job. Making it easier for you to tell us what you think is a priority for me as I develop as a governor and represent the people I serve.

I grew up in Tameside.  Our health professionals have looked after me and my three children incredibly well through a variety of injuries and illnesses but we can always improve and I’d really welcome your support to do that.



Elected Member: Champak Mistry

Date elected: 22nd March 2019 

Office expires: 21st March 2022

Contact details: Via membership Office on 0161 922 6005


My name is Champak Mistry.  I am a retired CNC programming engineer, I worked up from an apprentice to managing occupational safety and health (IOSH).    I have lived in Tameside for over 40 years I am married with two daughters and one son. My eldest daughter is head of customer services for Barking and Dagenham council. My Daughter works as homeless officer in Northamptonshire.  My son is a domiciliary optometrist and my daughter in law is a General Practitioner in Derbyshire. 

I am heavy involved with the local Indian association, I work hard to raise awareness and educate members to improve integration and well being within the community.

As an elected member I will represent the views of people whom struggle to share their views due to language barriers.  I endeavour to improve services to meet the needs of our community. 



Wendy Brelsford - COG

Elected Member: Wendy Brelsford

Date re-elected: 22nd March 2019

Office expires: 21st March 2022

Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email


My name is Wendy Brelsford, and I have lived in Audenshaw for 36 years. I’ve been Public Governor for the town at Tameside Hospital for six years, having previously had various community roles which includes; being the Governor in two primary schools, the setting up of a community association for Jigsaw tenants in Audenshaw, the setup of numerous Homewatch streets. An elected member of Tameside Council, a member of the Management Committee of Ryecroft Hall and a Board Director of Tameside Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

Before retirement, I was a mathematics lecturer at Tameside College. I am also a local JP, and hold a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.


Elected Member: Mike Walker

Date elected: 22nd March 2019

Office expires: 21st March 2022

Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email:


I am Mike Walker and having lived in Denton for 60 years I and am honoured to now represent my Town as a governor at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust. The appointment is the latest chapter of a lifetime of community support that includes over thirty years police service, retiring as an Inspector at Tameside. Followed by charity fundraising for the NSPCC, The David Lewis Epilepsy Centre at Alderley and as Fundraising Manager at The Beechwood Cancer Care Centre in Stockport. I have been Chairman of my local residents association and a governor at Corrie County Primary School. I look forward to another challenge and to be supported by my wife Irene, my children Michelle and her husband Dave, Alan his wife Kim and my grandchildren Hollie, Adam and Jack.



Position Vacant

Elected Member:

Date elected:

Office expires:

Contact details: Via membership Office on 0161 922 6005


Elected Member: Vikki Rutter

Date elected: 16th December 2016

Office expires: 15th December 2019

Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email:


I am a 32 year old woman living and working in Manchester and ideal to represent Dukinfield's diverse views. I regularly use the NHS and feel that my views don't get heard. I think that by becoming a Governor I will offer a younger view and be able to share everyone's thoughts on how our area's funding should be spent.

I am very organised and have great people skills. I feel I would be able to engage everyone's view and deliver them fluently to the Board. Hoping to make a change to our Trust and the NHS Foundation.


Elected Member: Ken Simpson

Date elected: 16th December 2016

Office expires: 15th December 2019

Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email:




Elected Member: Lesley Surman

Date elected: 16th December 2016

Office expires: 15th December 2019

Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email:


My approach to life is fundamentally practical and humanitarian. I worked within clinical and educational Health Care setting all my working life attaining professional qualifications, a Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degree (all Health Care related) and lots of experience, knowledge and understanding.

Since retiring in 2011 I have become increasingly involved in promoting the patient/public voice and the advocating for the benefits of patient/public participation, with a particular focus on the Glossopdale Neighbourhood 

I am Chair of the Glossopdale Patient Neighbourhood Group (GPNG) and the Tameside and Glossop Patient Network (PN); here we work closely with T&G ICFT and other commissioning/delivery groups to inform and keep central the public interests.



Elected Member: Chris Webster

Date re-elected: 20th March 2017

Office expires: 19th March 2020

Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email:


My name is Chris Webster and I am in my second term as a Public Governor for Glossopdale. I share this responsibility with Dr Lesley Surman and between us we attend as many of the Neighbourhood and Well Being meetings as possible. I am a member of Manor House Patient Participation Group and I have recently resigned as a School Governor at New Mills Primary School. I am Vice Chair of the Trustees of Bakewell and Glossop Community Transport. In my role at the Tameside and Glossop Integrated care Trust, I serve on the Nominations Committee where we review the Non-Executive Directors and the Chair of the Trust. I attend the Finance Committee and the Workforce Committee meetings and report back to Governors. I work with the open day committee too. I find my role challenging at times, but rewarding. I am proud to serve as part of the great team that is still transforming Tameside and Glossop Foundation Trust into one of the best performing Trusts in the Country.


John Philips

Elected Member: John Phillips (Lead Governor)

Date re-elected: 27th June 2017

Office expires: 26th June 2020

Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or


I retired in 2009 from career in Finance, prior to that I worked for 17 years in the world of automobiles and petroleum retailing. I have been a Public Governors for Hyde, since 2011, being re-elected in 2014 and 2017 and now in my final term, to finish in 2020. I was elected to Lead Governor in 2017. I am married, with a grown up family and have lived in Tameside since 1987. I enjoy my very active Governor role representing Hyde constituents and the wider role required duties as Lead Governor. It is important to ensure my knowledge of the Governor role is always current as legislation changes; I frequently attend many Governor Development Training courses and Forums. I sit on the Nominations and Remuneration Committee and I chair the Trust Open Day group.

I am a hospital volunteer and Chair a Cardiac Patient Support Group at Wythenshawe Hospital covering outreach clinics at Tameside and Glossop and Wigan Hospital.



Elected Member: Mark Hindle

Date elected: 29th May 2018

Office expires: 28th May 2021

Contact details: Via membership Office on 0161 922 6005


Originally from Droylsden, I was born in Tameside Hospital, I have lived locally all my life and I am passionate about local services. I have worked in and around the NHS for several years and I feel I have a good understanding of the challenges, opportunities and benefits of improving local health and care services.

I initially trained with the Royal Air Force before starting my career in IT in the healthcare sector, where I established a track record of delivering innovative technology solutions and information systems into the NHS and internationally. I have a keen interest in technology and how it can be used to enable change and ‘join up’ health and care services.

I have been involved locally with the Air Cadets and Scouts and am passionate about providing opportunities for young people, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. In my spare time I enjoy spending family time with my wife and son and I am a lifelong Manchester City supporter.

I have lived in Hyde now for a number of years and as a governor, it is important to me to ensure local voices can be heard and that the Trust is held to account on behalf of the people of Hyde.



Elected Member: Anne Corrie

Date re-elected: 22nd March 2019

Office expires: 21st March 2022

Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email:


I first became closely involved with Tameside and Glossop authority in 1979 when I became chair of the T and G Community Health Council which was a statutory body meant to represent patients views. Later I was appointed Chair of the Family Practitioners Committee which later morphed into Tameside Family Health Service Authority. I have retained my interest in local healthcare over these many years. 

I have at the same time been an educationalist largely involved with dyslexic young people in Manchester. I have been retired for the past seven years but continue to do voluntary work in my community.


Alec Hall

Elected Member: Alec Hall

Date elected: 6th December 2018

Office expires: 5th December 2021

Contact details: Via membership Office on 0161 922 6005


I was born and lived all my life in Mossley. I am a Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and have over 35 years experience in purchasing and materials management in both the private sector and more recently at Tameside MBC prior to retirement eight year ago. I also served 16 years in the Territorial Army before leaving in 1998.

Married to Kath I enjoy walking and travel and have a keen interest in all things motorcycle related.


Elected Member: Dorothy Cartwright

Date elected: 12th June 2017

Office expires: 11th June 2020

Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005


I have had over many years’ experience with Health services. Previously a Healthwatch appointed Governor for Tameside Hospital. I am an experienced justice of the peace, professionally qualified Librarian and Teacher. Alongside volunteering in the Health Service locally and nationally professional life member, medical section, diabetes UK. Previous chair (9 years). Area co-ordinator for Greater Manchester to support and build open groups for patient and family confidences. Organised also Family weekends for newly diagnosed children with diabetes. Secretary and Organised, Tameside and Glossop Diabetes Group (37 Years). Currently on C.E.G’s Medicine Management Committee and previously a Non- Executive Director for Tameside and Glossop PCT.

England and Wales

Elected member: Murtaza Husaini

Date re-elected: 20th March 2017

Office expires: 19th March 2020

Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005


I have experience working as governor for TGH and am a Trust board member for Healthwatch.

I am keen to improve TGH to be better than any in the country and preferred by patients.

As a previous cardiologist and director of CCU/ITU at the TGH and I have been a member of committees which look after relations with patients and authorities.

Appointed Partnership Members

  • Organisation: Young Person Representative

Name: Emily Sykes Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 

Hi my name is Emily, I am very proud to have been appointed to the position of Young Person’s Partnership Governor on The Council of Governors for Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust.

I am an active member of Tameside Youth Council; we are a group of young people who represent the voice of young people across Tameside. Our main priority is to shape and influence services that have an offer to children & young people, supporting organisations to ensure children & young people’s voices play an active role in their offer.

I am also one of two Greater Manchester Youth Combined Authority representatives for Tameside, holding elected Mayor Andy Burnham to account on the manifesto pledges he made to young people.

I am passionate about improving the Health & Wellbeing of children & young people locally, regionally & nationally


  • Organisation: Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council


Name: Cllr Brenda Warrington Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email:

Councillor Brenda Warrington became the Leader of Tameside Council on January 31, 2018.

Brenda’s GMCA responsibility is portfolio lead for Age-Friendly Greater Manchester and Equalities.

Brenda is the first female chair of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund in its 95-year history, the largest Local Government Pension Scheme in the UK at £23 billion.

The Denton West Councillor was first elected in 2002 and became executive member for Adult Services in 2008. 

Brenda has served as the council’s lead member for Health and External Relations and Scrutiny as well as being chair of the Personal and Health Services Scrutiny Panel.  Under that role she was responsible for the integration of health and social care and merging Tameside Council and Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group.

Brenda served as Deputy Mayor in Tameside in 2008 to 2009 and Mayor in 2012 to 2013.

Brenda has held roles and been involved in many organisations and community groups, including as a school governor at Denton West Primary School and Two Trees Community College, continuing that role when it merged with Egerton Park College to become Denton Community College, and helped establish Friends of Granada Park and Friends of Thornley Park.


  • Organisation: High Peak Borough Council
    Name: Councillor Julie McCabe Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email:


My name is Julie McCabe and I live in Glossop and have done for nearly thirty years. I am married with two daughters the eldest is a doctor at Blackburn hospital and is training to be an orthopaedic surgeon and my youngest daughter is reading philosophy, politics and economics at Nottingham University. I am a High Peak councillor for Simmondley ward which is where I live and I love the community spirit of the area. I am a retired police superintendent and was based at Tameside police station. I presently work for Crossroads domestic abuse organisation as an outreach worker. When not working I enjoy travelling and walking my Dalmatian dog Marbles.


  • Organisation: Consort Healthcare (Tameside) plc


Name: Mark Holden Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email:

Mark is a Partner Governor of the Trust and a director of Consort Healthcare (Tameside) PLC the Trust’s PFI partner responsible for the new hospital project completed in 2009. He has been responsible for all stages of the Tameside Hospital project from the bid through to current day. Mark has 31 years of experience in the construction and related services industry and has been involved with similar projects since 1995 and has extensive experience in the healthcare sector both in Manchester and throughout the UK. Mark lives in Greater Manchester


  • Organisation: Action Together
  • Name: Dr Kailash Chand Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email:


Elected Staff Members


Division:  Clinical Support
Name:     Adrian Smith

I have worked at Tameside for the last 24 years. I started working on ward 31 then 8, 9, 18, 19. I then moved to theatres as an operating theatre orderly in lower twin, upper twin, orthopaedic theatres and maternity theatres for 5 years. Then for the past 18 years I have worked in cardio respiratory investigations (CRI) as an assistant cardiac physiologist. For the past two years I have held the position of staff governor for clinical support services covering (CRI)  X ray, pharmacy, mortuary and pathology. During this period I have seen what a difference you can make just by knowing the structure of the Trust and knowing who and where to go to for advice/support; supporting colleagues with any ideas of improvement or change that would be beneficial to the staff or the Trust.  



Corporate Services
Position Vacant



Division: Estates and Facilities

Name:Mike McCluskey

I have worked at the Trust for over 28 years initially as a Trust Fire Officer and later as Fire Safety and EPRR (emergency preparedness resilience and response) Manager.

Previously I was serving in the Royal Air Force as a firefighter. I have seen and worked through many changes within the NHS which have impacted on the Trust. I have been a staff governor for Estates & Facilities since 2012 & support my areas where I can to ensure information & support is given to these essential non-clinical depts which operate across the Trust 24/7 alongside frontline clinical colleagues. I also provide support to the staff lottery.

In my spare time I enjoy watching all sports but particular all levels of football and have held a season ticket at Manchester City for over 30 years. I also enjoy running. I live locally in Ashton Under Lyne, my wife works as a staff nurse on ITU at the Hospital. My two children attend school locally at St Damians.






Division: Medical and Urgent

Name: Lynsey Derbyshire

I have been a Qualified RN for 17yrs, with the majority of my career spent in Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care. I have worked in both Community and Acute services. During my time in Community Services I was employed during the transformation of local services from Community to the CCG. I have also worked in one of the first NHS Foundation Trusts created and watched service change and evolve.






Division: Intermediate Tier Service and Neighbourhoods

Name:Gleeny Suarez

Gleeny Suarez is a Sister/ Charge nurse at the Stamford Unit 2.

A graduate with Bachelor's of Science degree in Nursing in the Philippines October 1997. Passed the Nursing Board Examination on December 1997. NMC registered to practice as Adult Nurse in the UK since August 2003. A very experienced Qualified Nurse who worked for 22 years in different field of Nursing.

3 years in Philippines, 1 year and 3 months in Singapore and almost 16 years here in the United Kingdom.

I worked for 8 years in Trauma Unit, former Ward 2. 1 and a half years in the Care of the Elderly in Ward 41 and 3 years and a half in Acute Medical Unit, 1 year and 3 months a full time agency Nurse and at present Sister/ Charge Nurse in the Stamford Unit for almost 2 years now.

Happily married with four children. 





Division: Surgery
Name: Raja Swaminathan

I have frontline experience in the NHS surgical constituency, as a junior trainee doctor to being a consultant, spanning more than 20 years. I bring my experience in constructive dialogue, clinical governance, teaching, training and education. As a consultant orthopedic surgeon for more than 10 years, I have knowledge and experience of the challenges faced by the frontline staff in providing gold standard patient centered care.

I believe that with openness, transparency and collaborative working, work force engagement could be improved further.  I am enthusiastic to bring about change in the work place environment, in an evolving 21st century NHS, with changing expectations from patients and regulatory bodies. I am proud to represent the surgical workforce in the council and help in adherence to the standards set by the NHS constitution. 





Division: Women and Children's
Name:Sally Lewcock

Hi my name is Sally

I have worked for the trust for 35 years and as such seen many changes. I have a dual role within the organisation, I am a sister on the children’s unit and I also work for our children’s safeguarding team.

I am staff governor for women and children. In terms of my role as staff governor it is demanding that requires time and commitment from all governors.

As staff governors we meet regular to discuss issues which staff raise and decide how we might support staff in their concern.

I am available for any staff member who might want to raise an issue or concern.



Election Results


Unopposed Declaration - Ashton-under-lyne, Audenshaw, Denton and Longdendale 2019       


Declaration Ashton

Unopposed Declaration Ashton

Declaration Glossop

Declaration Glossop 2

Declaration Hyde

Unopposed Declaration Hyde

Declaration Stalybridge

Declaration England and Wales

Unopposed Declaration Denton

Unopposed Declaration Droylsden

Unopposed Declaration Dukinfield

Unopposed Declaration Staff - Facilities

Unopposed Declaration Staff - Surgery

Declaration Mossley 2018


Statement of Persons Nominated 2017

Statement of Persons Nominated 2018

Statement of Persons Nominated 2018



Notice of Elections

The Trust will hold elections to the Council of Governors of Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust for the following constituencies in October:

Droyslden (1 seat)

Dukinfield  (1 seat)

Glossop (1 seat)


To find out how to get a nomination form click here






Council of Governors Board Meetings


Room G38, Ground Floor
Werneth House, Education Centre
Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


2019 Dates:

21st March - 12:30pm

16th July - 6:30pm

19th September - 4:00pm

12th December - 12:30pm

All meetings held in Werneth House

 Annual Members Meeting

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS - Annual Members Meeting - 19th September 2019 - 6:30pm-8:30pm

The meeting will highlight our progress and achievements as set out in the Trusts Annual Report and Accounts for 2018/19.


2019 - Agenda, Minutes & Backing Papers


 Agenda  Minutes  Backing Papers
 March 2019       Minutes  COG Papers
 May 2019    
 June 2019    
 July 2019      
 Agenda  Minutes  Backing Papers
 December 2018     COG Papers
 September 2018  Minutes  COG Papers
 July 2018  Minutes  COG Papers
 March 2018  Minutes  COG Papers

What is a Foundation Trust?

On the 1st September 2016 Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust became Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust. 

Foundation Trusts are still part of the NHS and subject to rigorous inspections like the rest of the NHS, but patients, staff and local residents have a greater say in how those standards are met and developed. This allows Foundation Trusts to tailor their services to best meet the needs of the local community.

Foundation Trusts still have a Trust Board which consists of Executive and Non-Executive Directors. These Directors are legally responsible for the running of the Trust, and consult with Governors and Members on issues of strategic importance.

We believe that Foundation Trust status brings real benefits for our patients, our staff and the local community.

Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust is a newly formed Integrated Care Organisation formed on the 1st September 2016. The Trust is using the Foundation Trust licence of the former Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust which was established as a Foundation Trust on February 1st 2008.

What does it mean to be a Foundation Trust?

  • The Trust has responsibility for determining our own destiny – which means we are able to make faster decisions and have greater flexibility to provide services to meet local needs
  • The Trust has stronger links into our communities – which means greater accountability to our patients, local people and partner organisations
  • The Trust has increased organisational development opportunities – which means we can grow and develop as an organisation, and rise to the challenge of providing high quality local services
  • The Trust is able to deliver service improvement more quickly – which includes taking advantage of new ways to raise funds and access capital
  • The Trust has greater financial freedom – ability to plan and manage our finances with increased clarity, certainty and stability

What do members do?

One of the most important features of an NHS Foundation Trust is the establishment of a Council of members.

Our members are the driving force behind out Foundation Trust and help us to move forward. We already have one of the highest membership of any Foundation Trust in Greater Manchester, with almost 25,000 public members and 3,617 staff members. However, their contribution has proved invaluable and we always welcome more members.

Your feedback is really important to us - it's how we find out what we are doing right and what you'd like to see happen in the future.

There are no fees or obligations and you can be as active as you like – from receiving literature, to attending meetings and voting in Governor elections or even standing as a Governor yourself.

The members of our Foundation Trust will:

  • help make the Trust more accountable to local people, and better able to listen to local views
  • vote in the election of people to sit on and represent you on the Council of Governors
  • be able to stand for election to the Council of Governors

What are the benefits of being a member?

As a member of our Foundation Trust you will be able to help shape the future of Tameside and Glossop IC NHS FT.

As a member you will receive:

  • entitlement to join NHS discount scheme website, which provides great deals, savings, helplines, offers and more.
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  • Invitation to meetings

Who can become a member?

To become a member of our Foundation Trust, you need to be one of the following:

  • a Tameside or Glossop resident
  • been a patient at hospital in the last five years
  • a member of staff or a volunteer


  • are over 16 years old
  • agree with the principles and objectives of the Foundation Trust.
  • are not a "vexatious complainant" as defined in the Trust Complaints Policy.
  • have not been the subject of official action by the Trust for acts of violence and aggression against our staff.
  • are not a registered sex offender.
  • from the rest of England and Wales who has a connection with the organisation. 

How to become a member?

Membership of our Foundation Trust is free and, remember, it is completely up to you how much you get involved.